Queen will visit Tower art work

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Published: Thursday 16th October 2014 by The News Editor

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The Queen and Duke of Edinburgh will visit the Tower of London today to see an art installation of thousands of ceramic poppies – each one representing a fallen First World War serviceman.

Blood Swept Lands And Seas Of Red was created by ceramic artist Paul Cummins and fills the moat of the former fortress, creating a poignant reminder of those who made the ultimate sacrifice in the conflict that began 100 years ago.

By Armistice Day on November 11 there will be 888,246 ceramic poppies planted, one for each British and Colonial death during the war.

Stage designer Tom Piper helped Mr Cummins make his vision a reality along with a team of 8,000 volunteers who installed the flowers.

During the visit the Queen will lay a wreath as a mark of respect to those who died.

The royal couple will also attend a service in the Chapel Royal of St Peter ad Vincula in the Tower of London.

Three queens, Anne Boleyn, Catherine Howard and Lady Jane Grey, and two saints of the Roman Catholic Church, Sir Thomas More and John Fisher, are buried in the place of worship.

The Queen will also tour Tudor Chapel’s refurbished undercroft and the memorial to Sir Thomas.

Published: Thursday 16th October 2014 by The News Editor

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